BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This month's Berkeley Heights Business and Civic (BHBC) After Hours networking event was held at the VFW Post 6259 "Fox Hole Lounge" on Wednesday.

The admission was free with catered food from Angie's Deli. The laid-back atmosphere of the Fox Hole Lounge was perfect for the mix of local professionals and veterans to sit and enjoy conversation and check on their Quick Draw lottery numbers on the big screen TVs. 

Special Tees donated new custom BHBC golf shirts as part of the door prize drawings and the VFW donated a lawn chair.

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Dr. Pat Smith presented Post Commander Tom Lombardi with a generous donation to the Post from Eric Philip in the amount of $1,000. Lombardi said this will go towards Post improvements. They recently completed decorative improvements to the rental hall and are in need of making more upgrades.

The BHBC's motto is to "BE Known" through "Real Information, Real Networking and Real Opportunities." All meetings are free with no membership required. "Together, let's make local business grow and maybe do some good along the way," said BHBC founder Dr. Patrick Smith.

At the monthly free breakfast networking meeting held the first Friday of the month, the group discussed the following upcoming events and how businesses can participate.

May 11 - Art for the Park at Columbia Middle School to benefit Peppertown Park Restoration Committee

May 12 -- Mothers Day 5K presented by Wharton Music.

May 27 - Memorial Day Parade -- BHBC will be serving Rita's Ice

June 7 - Free Networking Breakfast sponsored by Taylor Rental at Town Hall, 29 Park Avenue from 8 to 9 a.m.

June 8 - Rubber Ducky Race at Passaic River Park presented by the BH Rotary and the Boy Scouts

June 9 - Berkeley Heights Block Party on Springfield Avenue from 1 to 4 p.m. Entire community invited.

June 12 -- After Hours Networking Social "BH Spring Events Victory Party" at Delicious Heights 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

June 27 & 28 -- Kelly Miller Circus at Mt. Carmel fair grounds presented by Mt. Carmel Society for the Brooke Healey Foundation

July 16-20 -- Mt. Carmel Festival

Free Summer Concert Series in July and August. Special First Responder Concert Festival on August 7.

Contact BHbusinessandcivic@gmail.com with inquiries and to receive future emails about upcoming events.